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Thinking About Yourself, What Talents Do You Have?

The respondents were asked to say what their main talents were. The tendency of the answers obtained can be classified in a perspective of greater operationalization at the level of knowledge, namely cognitive, practical, behavioural and evolutional, as per Table 7.

At this level, it is not easy to establish boundaries and categories differentiated by the four types of knowledge. There is a transversality between them and a diversity of meanings that each one of these talents can assume. It is also worth noting that some of the talents are oriented more to processes, others to achieve results and others to aspects of interpersonal relationship.

Globally, the talents that have most predominated were the ability and willingness to learn, leadership, ability to work as a team, creativity and persistence, tolerance and willingness to help others. To these are also added the so-called natural gifts: playing soccer, being a good student, singing, dancing, creative writing, writing ability and oratory speech and sense of humour.

Finally, only two participants reported not being able to identify their talents and they even consider that what others designate and assume as talents are not recognized by them as sufficiently distinctive to be understood as a talent.

Table 7 Main talents of the respondents

Perspective

Talents

Cognitive

Language proficiency Communication skills Conflict resolution skills Planning and organization skills Strategic vision Creativity Deduction ability

Practical

Ability to manage in risk situations

Work capacity

Quick decision-making

Problem-solving ability

Pragmatism

Multitask

Discernment in the approach and analysis of situations

Behavioural

Patience Persistence Tolerance Open mind Sympathy

Understanding and assertiveness Leadership

Willingness to help and work as a team

Ease of communication

Dynamism

Evolutional

Learning ability Desire to learn Ability to learn fast Develop critical sense Strive to improve Perseverance Commitment Capacity for innovation Resilience

 
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